Knowledge is fast becoming one of the main sources of wealth, yet it can also become a source of inequalities. The New Knowledge Economy in Europe attempts to determine whether it is possible to hasten the transition towards a knowledge-based economy and enhance competitiveness with increased employment and improved social cohesion across Europe.
The book is an amalgamation of the scientific and political agendas which led to the European strategy for the knowledge-based economy adopted by the European Union. Its authors illustrate their own influence on European policy making with contributions on a broad range of subjects, including:
* the potential for the growth of a knowledge-based global economy
* new challenges for the welfare state
* emerging trends in employment
* the role of international benchmarking as a policy learning tool
* the construction of European identity
* the building of multilevel governance required to undertake reforms.
The results of the European strategy for the knowledge economy have become apparent throughout the EU in policy areas including research, innovation, single markets, education and employment, amongst others. This is the new blueprint for economic and social modernisation in the EU.
The New Knowledge Economy in Europe will be of great interest to academics, managers, public administrators and professional organisations involved in studies of Europe or innovation.
Edited by Maria Joao Rodrigues, Professor, IEE-ULB - Institute for European Studies, Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Special Advisor to the European Commission
Contents 1. Introduction: for a European strategy at the turn of the century Maria Joao Rodrigues 2. The challenges and the potential of the knowledge-based economy in a globalised world Luc Soete 3. A new European social model for the twenty-first century? Gosta Esping-Andersen 4. Knowledge-based economies: the European employment debate in a new context Robert M. Lindley 5. Institutional reforms for growth, employment and social cohesion: elements for a European and national agenda Robert Boyer 6. International benchmarking as a policy learning tool Bengt-Ake Lundvall and Mark Tomlinson 7. The construction of European identity Manuel Castells 8. Governance and government in the European Union: The open method of coordination Mario Telo Annexes Bibliography Index